It is anticipated that a new stream will be added to this visa subclass in addition to the existing streams; the temporary graduate and post study stream. The new stream to be named “COVID-19 replacement stream”. It would allow those subclass 485 visa holders impacted by the Australian travel restrictions and could not stay in Australia for the full period allowed by their previous Temporary Graduate visa, to apply for a replacements.
The new stream is planned to be rolled out in middle of 2022. The main eligibility criteria, to be confirm in due course are:
- currently hold, or have held a Temporary Graduate visa that expired on or after 1 February 2020; and
- have been outside Australia at any time between 1 February 2020 and 1 December 2021.
The visa granted under this stream would mirror the one that expired.
The visa application charges is expected to be AUD1680.
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